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Passport to Europe - France & Italy (2007)

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Travel Channel
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O7862I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,938 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Enthusiastic and adventurous, Samantha Brown is the perfect tour guide for the most exciting places in the world. Explore exotic locales up close and personal as you may never have seen them when Samantha interacts with the locals and discovers popular area landmarks many tourists miss. Meanwhile, Samantha amuses and educates as she discusses the culture and history of these intriguing areas and shares invaluable travel tips. FEATURING: CANNES AND NICE, FRANCE (THE FRENCH RIVIERA): Experience Carnival in the glamorous south of France when the streets are filled with dancers, musicians, balloons and carnival floats. PARIS CULTURE: To really experience this most romantic of cities, you have to live like a Parisian, so Samantha gives it a whirl! SIMPLY PARIS: Stroll along the Champs-Elysees, satisfy a sweet tooth with French pastry, take a twilight river cruise along the Seine and much more. COTE D'AZUR (MONACO): This is where the outrageously wealthy live a lifestyle beyond imagination, and Samantha is anxious to get a glimpse of how the rich and famous do it up in style! AMALFI COAST, ITALY: Samantha explores the cities, towns and villages along the soaring cliffs of the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy. FLORENCE, ITALY: Unlock the secrets to packing in all the must-see sights of Florence, get priceless shopping tips and discover the perfect spot to escape the crowds. NAPLES, ITALY: Samantha finds Naples to be a city full of contradictions, but always compelling. Explore this bustling, diverse city that combines the historic and the modern with vitality. ROME, ITALY: Feel the passionate heartbeat of the Eternal City. Find out how to streamline your tourist stops, and take in the 21st century ambiance of Rome's wild nightlife.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't praise it enough August 19, 2007
I love this series. Samantha Brown is the perfect travelling companion. Her energy, excitement, and joy never fail. The shows hit a perfect balance between tourist info and intimate charm. I know Paris very well, and I agree with her observations about Paris, which makes me trust her when she is traveling in other parts of the world that I do not know (like Italy). Highlights on this DVD include: the two Paris eps (of course), an achingly beautiful fairy-tale village and hotel featured in the Cote d'Azur episode, and the Florence ep. I also should note that Samantha Brown travels in style. This is not Europe on a shoestring. Personnally, I love living vicariously through her. The beautiful hotels make this show all the more fun.
I recommend it to all who love to travel and dream and laugh.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perky, fun view of travel August 13, 2007
Samantha Brown's approch to travel is perky and enthusiastic. The four episodes in France and four in Italy give you a good short peek at these two countries. Watching what goes on in the background of scenes also prepares you for how to dress and what to expect on the street in Europe.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
This is a series that is big on cuteness, but there is very, very little in the way of actual video or discussion of the cities being visited. Must each scene end with a big smile and a joke? If you monitor the actual time spent on showing you around each city, you will be very surprised. If you are looking for a light, shallow, cute show in which the host is the center of interest instead of the incredible places she visits, then this is for you. Very disappointing! Even the Rick Steves shows are very superior to this series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Perky July 14, 2009
This is a travelogue for the sort of people who "do" Europe, who skip through Rome or Paris in a day or two, see the highlights, and tell their friends back home about the shopping and the restaurants where they ate. Quaint is the operative word with them. The DVD is a shallow series of visits to a very few places in France and Italy.

As for the tour guide, Samantha Brown, she is attractive and perky, but she seems more interested in hotel rooms and views therefrom than in historic places, art, etc.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Brian M
On this DVD, Samantha Brown offers a great itinerary of the French & Italian Riviera which she visits during the winter but is not nearly as in depth as Rick Steves' or Rudy Maxa! Her bad jokes that are funny 1/10 times really kill the flow of the show as well. Samantha caters to the soccer moms of America but is more concerned about staying in a fancy hotel and getting a fancy dinner than actually learning about her surroundings. She spends way too much time talking up her hotel & eating rather than showing us more sites or offering any kind of history or background of the area. Just like getting half a meal at a restaurant and wondering what happened, Samantha Brown's programs seem way too short and leave the viewer longing for more information, creating more unanswered questions. For a more thorough series watch "Best of Europe by Rudy Maxa" or "Rick Steves' Europe: All 80 Shows 2000-2009".
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun but not too much substance there December 10, 2008
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My only complaint about this dvd is that it really doesn't have very much substance to it. It is just a fun travel dvd with only backgrounds on very few places. If you are looking for an in depth look at France and Italy then this probably isn't for you, but if you are looking for a travel dvd with an entertaining host that can show you some of the places these countries have to offer, then look no further.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Preparing for our trip August 22, 2011
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I usually order Sam Brown's videos prior to visiting a certain area to prepare for the trip (if she has already been there). Not only do they show you the highlights and touristy area but she usually gets into the lifestyle of the everyday common people so you get the feel of the real country and what to look for when you visit. This video is a plus since you get four videos in one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but not very informative October 2, 2009
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I have shown this DVD to my French class students. We all have enjoyed Samantha's sense of humor, naivety and honesty about her unsufficient knowledge of French. So this DVD is OK if you want to have a quick look around Paris but I certainly would not use it for planning my next trip. It's only an appetizer!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the many great views of Paris and the gardens
I enjoyed the many great views of Paris and the gardens. There isn't a lot of depth for historical places (you only get an outside shot of Nortre Dame), but for street views and a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ellen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wonderful, we used it to plan some side trips on our travels
Published 2 months ago by Jay Eman
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeping a copy
Having watched the series on TV I wanted to have the series to keep. Now I ca re-visit the series any time
Published 6 months ago by Ian Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love all her shows.
She has a witty approach as a "tour guide." I know a lot about France, but learned a few things from her myself.
Published 16 months ago by Neysa K Leichty
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Passport to Europe.
I love this series. Samantha Brown is such a great host. I do think she could give more travel advice to us regular folks who can't afford the 5 star hotels. Read more
Published 18 months ago by TerryB114
4.0 out of 5 stars good show
I don't know if this series is still available or not. this is a good series. I have had these DVDs for a long time. mostly shows the city. sometimes a country side attraction.
Published 18 months ago by William T. Gilbert III
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre and superficial tour of Paris
Paris is my third favorite city in the world, after London and Tokyo. However, it's hard to find a good travel DVD about Paris. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Leonard
5.0 out of 5 stars Falling In Love In Paris - Thank you Samantha Brown
Passport to Europe was very informative. I took details notes and we we arrived in Paris my husband and I went to every vacation stop that Samantha outlined in this video. Read more
Published 21 months ago by kmh
5.0 out of 5 stars Stay at home and enjoy Europe
For most of her life my 93 year old mother--in-law traveled to the great attractions of the world but now she rarely gets out of the house. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jerry Buhl
5.0 out of 5 stars Passport to Europe-France & Italy
Passport to Europe - France & Italy-- We are getting older and like to do some armchair travelling. We have lived in Rome, Italy in younger years and were delighted with the travel... Read more
Published on April 20, 2011 by Hans J. Mestern
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